Hammond Boys Look To Find Right Combination
BY DAVE SHEA
HAMMOND - The Hammond Central Boys Basketball team will open its season on Monday night with a 5:30 p.m. start at Morristown Central in the match of neighboring rivals who will meet on Thursday night in Hammond.
Hammond Coach Kevin Toland has one of the most experienced teams heading into the COVID-19 compromised one-month season with six seniors, two juniors and three freshmen. The Red Devils are projected play home-and-home against NAC West rivals Heuvelton, Edwards-Knox and Hermon-DeKalb and possibly Gouverneur if the school is able to move from totally remote education this coming week.
Harrisville has also been scheduled in the Devils' cohort. But in the uncertain times of the pandemic the teams will only know their opponents on a week-to-week basis and have to be ready for changes at any time.
Coach Toland feels that seniors Lukas McQueer, Logan Tate, Brandon LaRock, Austin McCarty, Matthew Hodgdon and Conner McRoberts give his team the nucleus to be very competitive with all the Class D teams in the NAC. He has also been pleased with the way juniors Kennon Gardner and Gardner and freshmen Kameron Toland, Terin Rosenbarker and Dominic Perretta have played in practice.
Now he feels it is just a matter of everyone playing well together and overcome the triple-double capability for First Team All-NAC West selection Nate Jewitt.
"The young guys are coming on. They are pretty impressive for their age. If we show up and play as a team we should win," said Coach Toland who will assisted by Nick Gardner.